My Horse Forum
What is the purpose of backing an 18 month or 20 month old horse?
We hear the defence that well race horses do it, they prepare them for futurities at this age...well two wrongs don't make a right, and if you are not involved in these industries, then WHY?
There is good evidence that horses bones don't mature until a lot later. http://www.hoofrehab.com/ArticlesPDF/Timing and Rate of skeletal maturation in Horses.pdf so why risk compromising a youngster right at the start, why not wait?
I know that there are those who do it, but my question is why? what makes you ignore the evidence and start them?
By your horsey or pony......
I haven't gotten dumped in years, so I suppose I was due.
I took my gelding Samson out for a trail ride with his girlfriend, who is a big Belgian x, and her new barn mate who is an OTTB. Samson started out really slow, to the point that I thought he maybe wasn't feeling well (hehe I guess I was wrong ). Then we went off in a trot on a nice clear trail, and little Samson couldn't move his stout legs any faster, and his friends were already out of sight. So, he put all the extension he had into his trot, and finally rounded the bend and caught up when his friends stopped to wait for him.
Then we made it to the huge field that is in this state park. Once before, Samson *almost* dumped me in this field, but it was because there were a bunch of school busses in a parking lot to the right of it (there's normally no cars in that lot, but there must've been a field trip to the park), and he was just excited I think. I stayed on but was very...
I thought i would go ahead and start Goose his own thread since JR has one.
I bought Goose at the end of August. He is a 2015 POA/IQPA registered colt (now gelding as of october). He was not handled much when I got him and I could barely catch him in a stall. This photo was taken in July.
I just worked on basic handling and grooming for the 1st month. He was a little skittish and spooky for a while, but he worked out of it. By the end of October he was looking really good and was getting
This photo is from mid sept.
We slowly made it to saddling.
This was taken at the end of sept
Hopefully this will be fun, educational, and maybe even lead to the discovery of some rarer breeds.
I can safely guess that the majority of users have the common breeds of horses - quarter horses, thoroughbreds, Arabians...you get the idea.
Anyone out there have some unusual breeds? I'd love to learn about them.
1. Pick a breed - preferably one that another user hasn't already listed
2. List some facts about that breed
3. Structure your response as if you were trying to convince someone to purchase a horse of that breed
***If someone has already listed the breed of your choice, try to list some different facts.
Fun? Maybe. Educational? I think yes.
Her bio was short & pic didnt look like much but her build and esp video said Arab. I forwarded it to the BO and her rescue did the fundraising to bail her out and pick her up. Ive seen a pic from the QT barn and she was apparently worth the save. Gotta love when a sweet horse comes in for a soft landing!
Bay mare, 19yrs, 14h. This girl is very thin and was led through the sale ring.
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